A Satisfaction of Movables 2023

Event Info

This four-week, online workshop takes place on Zoom on Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm ET

  • Tuesday, January 17, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 24, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 31, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 7, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on January 10, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Shawn Sheehy

Think back to the last time you picked up a movable card. You moved the mechanism back and forth, soothed and satisfied by the movement. You wished there was a collective noun for movable cards. Well, there is! Join seasoned paper engineer Shawn Sheehy in building A SATISFACTION of ten movable mechanisms that demonstrate a wide range of movement possibilities.

All you need is a simple set of hand tools, a short stack of materials, an interest in engaging with paper mechanics, and occasional inspiration to transform a mechanical structure into an animated illustration. And to dial up the satisfaction quotient, you’ll bind your collection into a tidy sample book. This virtual workshop will be technical, and very, very… satisfying.

All skill levels welcome.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!


Required Materials:

  • xacto knife with extra blades
  • bone folder
  • awl
  • microspatula
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • cutting mat
  • pencil
  • pre-workshop access to printer and copy paper
  • japanese screw punch (optional)


About Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy’s trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on January 10 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.  Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.

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